Officer Mike Erdman settles into his new office as the new patrol officer in West Concord. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
The West Concord Police Department recently added a new full-time patrol officer and scaled back to having a part-time police chief.
Mike Erdman was hired as the full-time, he had been with the department for about a year as a part-time officer.
Erdman grew up in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School in 2008. He said a career in law enforcement had been his dream since he was about three years old, but during high school he also development the dream of being a full-time musician.
"I took a year off of school after I graduated high school and tried to make it by being a musician in a band and working," he explained. "It was hard, so I decided to head back to school for law enforcement and keep the music as just a hobby." He continues to play the guitar and drums.
Erdman graduated from RCTC in 2011 and had planned on moving to Texas to work in a big city, but he was offered a job in Crystal, Minnesota so he accepted that instead. He worked as a community service officer for six months before deciding he did not like working in a metro area.
"I decided I really wanted to work in a small town," he explained. He started working as a part-time deputy for Dodge County and as a dispatcher, he was hired as a part-time officer in West Concord as well.
"Now that I'm full-time I'm looking forward to getting to know more members of the community," he explained. "I want to be on a first name basis with the people that live here and have a relationship with them."
He said he and his police chief Shannon Boerner work really well together and he is thankful to have had a working relationship with him already through the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.
"I think that helped make it a smooth transition," he said. "We knew each other and we trusted each other."
Police Chief Shannon Boerner said having a full-time patrol deputy in West Concord will be wonderful and will dramatically increase the visibility of the police presence in the town.
"Mike is a wonderful, welcomed addition to the West Concord Police Department," he explained. "I think having a full-time patrol officer in town will be huge." He added, before, with having a full-time Police Chief, it often left the city unpatrolled because the chief would have to spend a large part of his time in the office doing paperwork and dealing with the administrative portion of the job.
Boerner said he plans on having about ten hours of police chief work for the city, per week but he trusts that Erdman will do a great job in dealing with the day to day calls and patrolling of the community.
"He's just a great addition to the department and his service is very much appreciated."